MAN SUES SAMSUNG FOR LOSS OF DATA ON NEWLY PURCHASED PHONE

A lawyer in Chengdu, Sichuan province recently filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Huizhou Company due to a loss of data caused by a boot-up failure by his newly purchased Samsung mobile phone. The lawyer, surnamed Luo, is requesting are fund, a compensation of 2,000 RMB ($296) and the recovery of the data.

Luo purchased the Samsung S7 on Oct. 23, and had his old data transferred to the new phone by an employee at the store where he purchased the phone. Luo claims the employee guaranteed the safety of the data. However, his new phone started to update automatically as it charged that night. Luo said the phone continued updating for almost two hours, and he had no way of getting it to start.

“More than 800 contacts, 500 chat records and hundreds of video clips are lost,” said Luo.

According to the local Samsung service center, the phone’s system can be fixed, but the data cannot be recovered because the latter can’t be exported unless the phone is able to boot up.

After failing to reach an agreement with Samsung and the retail store where he purchased the phone, Luo filed a lawsuit against both at a local court. Requesting a refund of 5,799 yuan, a compensation of 2,000 yuan for diminished wages, and the recovery of his data, Luo said he would raise his claim to 50,000 RMB if the data could not be recovered.

According to Deng Xiaoying, a lawyer from Chengdu, an infringement did occur if the data loss was caused by automatic updating. However, the proper amount of compensation is hard to determine due to a lack of related laws and regulations.

(This article is published on People’s Daily Online)

NATIONALLY PROTECTED BIRDS SPOTTED IN HUNAN

Four Chinese mergansers, a nationally protected species, were spotted in a national wetland park in Hengyang, Hunan province, according to the local forestry department.Only about 1,000 Chinese mergansers remain in the world today; they are a relic of the third ice age, going back 10 million years. The breed has also been included on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).

Located at the junction of two bird migration corridors, the Hengyang wetland park has previously reported spotting 85 different bird species, of which three are listed as nearly threatened and nine are second-class protected species.

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CHINA’S MOST SPARSELY POPULATED TOWN

The town of Yulmed is located on the southern slopes of the Himalaya mountain range. It belongs to Longzi County in the Tibet Autonomous Region. It is also the most sparsely populated administrative town of China. Because of the town’s unique geography and location, part of locals’ daily life is guarding the territory.

Yulmed covers an area of 1,976 square kilometers. It contains only one village, which has nine households totaling 32 people. However, despite its small population, Yulmed is not as poor and backward as many imagine. The town has actually enjoyed relative prosperity,as the regional government has sent cadres and doctors, built roads, and established power stations and clinics for Yulmed’s residents. In 2015, the average disposable income of local farmers and herders reached 26,000 RMB (about $3,844).

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MINISTRY OF COMMERCE RESPONDS TO INDIAN POLITICIANS’ CALL TO BOYCOTT CHINESE PRODUCTS

Shen Danyang, the spokeperson for China’s Ministry of Commerce, criticized the proposed boycott of Chinese products by some Indian politicians at a press conference held on Nov. 2.

Shen pointed out that China and India are each other’s major trade partners. By 2015, the total trade volume between the two countries had reached $71.62 billion, indicating that trade between China and India was increasing despite downward pressure from global trade. Bilateral trade added up to $52.31 billion between January and September 2016,which indicates that the momentum is being maintained.

The products that China exports to India fulfill the needs of the local market. Thus, a boycott of Chinese products would only satisfy some politicians’ personal vendettas at the cost of close ties between the two countries. Shen added that as two rapidly growing economies, China and India must cooperate on economy and trade.

China hopes India will take the necessary actions to minimize any repercussions of this incident for the mutual benefit of both nations.

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WIDE-BODY JET TO BE BUILT BY CHINA, RUSSIA IN SHANGHAI

The model of a wide-body commercial jet to be built by China and Russia was unveiled at the Zhuhai air show on Wednesday. It will compete with Boeing and Airbus. Yin Liqin / ForChina Daily

A wide-body commercial jet being developed by China and Russia is expected to be delivered in 10 years, as early as three years after its first test flight, according to a timetable announced by domestic plane manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corp of China.

COMAC, which based its prediction on past research and manufacturing experience,issued a statement on Wednesday saying that the company and Russia’s United AircraftCorp have set up a Shanghai-based joint venture to develop the jumbo jet. The company is expected to start operating by year’s end.

The project signals the two countries’ ambitions to compete in the wide-body market,dominated by United States aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co and Europe’s Airbus Group.Research and development for the new jet will be conducted in Moscow, with assembly in Shanghai.

“It is hoped the development of wide-body aircraft will drive the growth of many related aircraft manufacturing sectors like building engines. China will be able to learn and apply the experiences of Russia, enhancing the manufacturing level of the nation’s aviation industry,” said Li Xiaojin, a professor at the Civil Aviation University of China in Tianjin.

“China is about to start manufacturing wide-body aircraft, which have high standards in terms of aircraft engine technologies and aircraft materials,” he said. “China and Russia still face some difficulties in making competitive wide-body jets given their current manufacturing levels.”

Witnessed by President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, COMAC and UAC signed a pact in June to co-develop a wide-body jet.

The 280-seat wide-body jet would have a range of 12,000 kilometers. It would be an economical and efficient jet incorporating heavy use of composite materials, according to COMAC and UAC. They also plan to develop longer and shorter series of wide-body jets to complement the basic version.

“The direct costs of our wide-body jet will be 10 percent lower than those of peer aircraft.That’s among our research and development goals,” said Guo Bozhi, director of wide-body project at COMAC.

The company targets the global market and will boost competitiveness in a fragmented market, Guo added.

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WATCH OUT! THOUSANDS OF NAILS SCATTERED ON JIANGSU ROAD

Thousands of nails weighing 2.3 kilograms were picked up by police after a number of drivers lodged complaints about their cars being stabbed by the sharp objects.

The incident occurred the night of Oct. 30 on Ding Mou Road in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province. To avoid further damage, police first sent signals to reroute traffic along alternative routes. By midnight, police had retrieved all the nails.

The accident site reportedly covered an area of 800 square meters. The incident iscurrently under investigation, according to reports on Oct. 31. The person in charge of the investigation revealed that the accident was likely not intentional, given how diffusely the nails were scattered.

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CHINA TO ADD PERSONAL INFORMATION PROTECTION INTO CIVIL LAW

A revised draft of the general rules of the civil code is expected to add content about personal information protection, China News reported on Tuesday. The draft has been submitted to the National People’s Congress Standing Committee for a second reading.

According to the draft, any organization or individual is forbidden from being involved in illegally collecting, using, processing or transmitting personal information. It is also a violation to illegally provide, disclose or sell personal information.

The rise of telecom and cyber fraud made headlines across China in August when three teens lost significant sums of money to telecom scammers. Two subsequently died of heart attacks.

Currently, there are no concrete rules regarding personal information protection, except for regulations issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and decisions handed down by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee. Therefore,it is necessary to write relevant laws, said Zhu Wei, deputy director of the Communication Law Center at China University of Political Science and Law.

Bu Chaoxia, chief lawyer at Beijing Meiqiao Law Firm, said he believes there should be clearer punishments, which may require additional research.

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CLOTHES-RECYCLING BOXES INSTALLED ON UNIVERSITY CAMPUS

A number of boxes intended to collect donated clothing were recently installed on the campus of Tianjin Normal University. Students can put their clothes and shoes into the boxes, which will later be picked up and sorted through by charitable personnel. The clothing that is in good condition then gets sterilized and donated to poverty-stricken areas. The articles that aren’t in good enough shape to be worn are recycled.

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WANG YI MEETS WITH FORMER PRIME MINISTER YASUO FUKUDA AND ECONOMIC PROFESSIONALS OF JAPAN

On November 1, 2016, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met at request in Beijing with former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda of Japan and Japanese economic professionals including Chairman of the Japan Business Federation Sadayuki Sakakibara, who were in China to attend the second round of dialogue between entrepreneurs and former senior officials of China and Japan. Both sides exchanged views on how to effectively and comprehensively improve China-Japan relations and other topics.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)